Five plastics recycling projects will take in a total of $11.7 million in California state grants. The awarded companies are targeting scrap plastic from a variety of sources.
Mixed plastics are the feedstock for a chemical recycling partnership between resin giant Sabic and home goods manufacturer Tupperware Brands.
Envision Plastics says it received the first FDA letter allowing litter recovered from coastal areas in developing countries to be recycled into food and drink packaging.
Mixed plastic bales have become increasingly difficult to move through the recycling system as overseas markets have diminished, leading some local programs to stop collecting plastics Nos. 3-7 altogether.
PET-focused CarbonLite Industries and Verdeco Recycling recently exited the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), saying the group has “not embraced fundamental changes in our industry.”
The Hefty EnergyBag program is collecting but not currently processing hard-to-recycle plastics in Boise, Idaho. The program’s downstream processor suspended EnergyBag processing earlier this year to install new equipment.